The internet is so full of motivational quotes that by now most of us are immune to them. Every now and then, however, we come across one that jumps off the screen to come live inside of us. That’s what happened to me this week. Routinely scrolling through my Instagram feed, I found this quote:
“You are worth so much more than your productivity.”
For a little while now I’ve been practicing being kinder to myself. It’s a lot easier to forget I should treat myself with the same politeness and sensibility I use with other people, and this doesn’t make sense at all. If I’d never fault a friend for not finishing their daily to-do list, why do I fault myself? If I’d never get angry with someone for taking a little longer to complete a project, why do I tell myself off for it?
Sometimes we give it all we have at certain points in our lives, but we get frustrated because our all still doesn’t seem like our best. We just need to be patient and understand that as long as we’re pushing forward and working to become better, it’s okay. Each phase has its own rhythm and it’s only when we’re kind to ourselves that we give ourselves the space and time needed to get to where we want to be.
So the next time it feels like you didn’t do as much with your day as you’d have liked, remember you are worth so much more than your productivity, congratulate yourself for what you did manage to get done and renew your hopes for the following day. We’ll get there someday, even if it takes a little longer.